Complete Streets Bill Near the Finish Line

The Collector

September 6, 2019

Arcata City Council Picks Annie-Mary Trail Route
The portion of the trail through Arcata will stay on the former railroad right-of-way, rather than following any roads. This route was generally the most popular during public outreach, but does leave some potential users feeling unsafe due to greater isolation.

County Planning Commission Tackles Subdivisions
Several subdivisions, mostly on the periphery of urban and suburban areas, were on this week’s Humboldt County Planning Commission agenda. We used to call that sprawl.

Complete Streets Bill Near the Finish Line
Advocates are calling SB 127 one of the most important active transportation bills in years. Caltrans is working hard to stop it. (Side note: Why, Caltrans, why?) It’s now on the Assembly floor. If it passes, it goes on to the Governor.

Humboldt Supervisors Form Ad Hoc Sea Level Rise Committee
Some of the infrastructure most at risk, of course, is transportation-related. See next item.

Safety Corridor Snafu?
This week, the Humboldt County Association of Government’s Technical Advisory Committee talked about new cost increases for the long-discussed project intended to improve safety on Highway 101 between Eureka and Arcata. Apparently Caltrans didn’t plan for the fact that the new Indianola interchange would be built on unstable fill material, and had to go back to the drawing board for new engineering. You’d think… oh, nevermind.

Weekly Street Story Update: Speeding, Speeding, Speeding
As reports trickle in, one trend is clear: speeding is the top reported cause of hazard, crashes, and near misses. It’s noteworthy that when a driver hits a bicyclist or pedestrian, higher speeds are directly tied to higher chances of death. The causes of speeding are many and varied, but street design plays a surprisingly large role. You can make your Street Story report here.

Candidate Climate Plans Ignore Driving
Too much driving is, well, driving greenhouse gas emissions in the US. But most of the Democratic presidential candidates have little or nothing in their climate plans about reducing driving.

Pedestrians and Bicyclists Are Dying in San Francisco
And your risk of being hit depends on where you live.

E-Bikes in National Parks?
First e-scooters in cities, now e-bikes in parks. How do we decide how and where new (or newly popular) modes of transportation should be used? A question for our times.

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